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Executive Employment Agreement - PRESTIGE BRANDS HOLDINGS, - 5-18-2012

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									                                                                                                     Exhibit 10.13

                                        Executive Employment Agreement

1.     Employment . Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (“ Employer ”) agrees to employ Samuel Cowley (“ Executive
”) and Executive accepts such employment for the period beginning as of February 29, 2012 and ending upon his
termination pursuant to Section 1(c) hereof (the “  Employment Period ”), subject only to the approval of the
Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors (the “ Board ”).

        (a)     Position and Duties .

                (i)    During the Employment Period, Executive shall serve as General Counsel and Vice 
President of Business Development and shall have the normal duties, responsibilities and authority implied by such
positions, subject to the power of the Chief Executive Officer of Employer and the Board to expand or limit such
duties, responsibilities and authority and to override such actions.

                (ii)    Executive shall report to the Chief Executive Officer of Employer, and Executive shall 
devote his best efforts and his full business time and attention to the business and affairs of Employer and its
Subsidiaries (as defined below).

         (b)     Salary, Bonus and Benefits . During the Employment Period, Employer will pay Executive a base
salary of $335,000 per annum (the “ Annual Base Salary ”), paid twice monthly, in accordance with Employer's
normal payroll cycle and procedures. In addition, in fiscal years 2013 and beyond, Executive shall be eligible for
and participate in the Annual Incentive Compensation Plan (the “ Annual Bonus ”) under which Executive shall be
eligible for an annual Target Bonus payment of 50% of Annual Base Salary with a maximum of 100% potential
payout, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable Annual Incentive Compensation Plan and the
discretion of the Board. During fiscal year 2013 only, Executive shall receive a “ Guaranteed Bonus ” equal to a
minimum of $167,500 payable at year-end, with other bonuses payable to senior management; provided ,
however , that Executive shall be eligible to receive a higher bonus payout based on Employer’s performance for
the fiscal year, to the extent applicable. Executive shall be eligible to participate in the Long-Term Equity
Incentive Plan of Employer (the “ Plan ”) and receive grants thereunder at the same time as grants are made to
the rest of senior management, beginning with grants issued in May 2012; provided , however , that the Board
reserves its discretion to not make an equity grant in any fiscal year. Any equity grant provided under the Plan
shall have at the time of grant a value equal to Executive's Annual Base Salary then in effect; provided , however ,
at the discretion of the Board, such grant may be modified to have a value equal to no less than 80% or no
greater than 120% of Executive's Annual Base Salary then in effect at the time of grant. In addition, any equity
grant provided under the Plan shall automatically vest upon a Change in Control (as defined in the Plan). During
the Employment Period, Executive will be entitled to such other benefits approved by the Board and made
available to the senior management of Employer and its Subsidiaries, which shall include vacation time (four
weeks
per year), flexible spending account, 401(k) Plan (currently 65% match of up to 6% of salary, subject to IRS cap
and periodic potential adjustment by the Board), expense reimbursement in accordance with the policies and
procedures of Employer, as well as medical, dental, vision, life, long term care and disability insurance
(collectively, such insurance plans, the “ Welfare Plans ”). The Board, on a basis consistent with past practice,
shall review the Annual Base Salary of Executive and may increase the Annual Base Salary by such amount as
the Board, in its sole discretion, shall deem appropriate. The term “  Annual Base Salary ”  as used in this
Agreement shall refer to the Annual Base Salary as it may be so increased.

         (c)     Termination . The Employment Period will continue until (i) Executive's death, Disability or
resignation from employment with Employer and its Subsidiaries or (ii) Employer and its Subsidiaries decide to
terminate Executive's employment with or without Cause (as defined below). If (A) Executive's employment is
terminated without Cause pursuant to clause (ii) above or (B) Executive resigns from employment with Employer
and its Subsidiaries for Good Reason, then, subject to Executive's execution and delivery of a Release in form
and substance as set forth below, starting on the sixtieth (60th) day following Executive's termination of
employment (or such later date as may be required by Section 4(k)(i) hereof), Employer shall pay to Executive,
in equal installments ratably over twelve (12) months (the “ Severance Period ”) in accordance with Employer's
normal payroll cycle and procedures, an aggregate amount (the “ Severance ”) equal to (I) his Annual Base
Salary (prior to any material diminution that constitutes Good Reason for Employee's resignation), plus (II) an
amount equal to the average Annual Bonus paid or payable to Executive by Employer for the last three
completed fiscal years prior to the date of termination (or if Executive has not completed three (3) fiscal years
prior to the date of termination, then the average Annual Bonus paid or payable to Executive by Employer will be
determined based on the actual number of completed fiscal years prior to the date of termination); provided ,
however , that fiscal year 2012 (for which no bonus is payable) will not be included in any such calculations for
Executive. In calculating the average Annual Bonus for purposes of the immediately preceding sentence, in the
event Executive's employment is terminated pursuant to this Section 1(c) during fiscal years 2013 through 2015,
Executive's Annual Bonus payable hereunder shall be calculated using the average of the fiscal year 2013 Annual
Bonus payment payable to Executive or the Guaranteed Bonus (if no higher bonus payout is otherwise payable to
Executive for fiscal year 2013) and any other Annual Bonus payments paid for full fiscal years completed. In
addition, if Executive is entitled on the date of termination to coverage under the Welfare Plans, such coverage
shall continue for Executive and Executive's covered dependents for a period ending on the first anniversary of
the date of termination at the active employee cost payable by Executive with respect to those costs paid by
Executive prior to the date of termination; provided , that this coverage will not count towards the depletion of
any continued health care coverage rights that Executive and Executive's dependents may have pursuant to the
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended (“  COBRA ”), and such rights to
continued health care coverage under COBRA shall remain available to Executive and Executive's dependents
after the Severance Period; provided further , that Executive's or Executive's covered dependents' rights to
continued health care coverage pursuant to this Section 1(c) shall terminate at the time Executive or Executive's
covered dependents become covered, as
described in COBRA, under another group health plan, and shall also terminate as of the date Employer ceases
to provide coverage to its senior executives generally under any such Welfare Plan. In the event a Change in
Control (as defined in the Plan) occurs and Executive’s employment is thereafter terminated by Employer without
Cause or by Executive for Good Reason no later than March 1, 2014, then, subject to Executive's execution and
delivery of a Release in form and substance as set forth above, Executive shall be entitled to receive (in lieu of the
Severance that would otherwise be payable) an amount equal to two (2) times the Severance as calculated
above, which shall be payable starting on the sixtieth (60th) day following Executive's termination of employment
(or such later date as may be required by Section 4(k)(i) hereof) in equal installments ratably over the 12-month
Severance Period, and (ii) a moving allowance of $125,000 which shall be payable in a lump sum within 60 days
after Executive’s termination of employment. Notwithstanding the foregoing, (I) Executive shall not be entitled to
receive any payments or benefits pursuant to this Section 1(c) unless Executive has executed and delivered to
Employer a general release in form and substance satisfactory to Employer and (II) Executive shall be entitled to
receive such payments and benefits only so long as Executive has not breached the provisions of Section 2 or
Section 3 hereof. The release described in the foregoing sentence shall not require Executive to release any claims
for Severance or benefits under the Welfare Plans as set forth in this Agreement, any vested employee benefits,
workers compensation benefits covered by insurance or self-insurance, claims to indemnification to which
Executive may be entitled under Employer's or its Subsidiaries' certificate(s) of incorporation, by-laws, any
indemnification agreement or under any of Employer's or its Subsidiaries' directors or officers insurance policy
(ies) or applicable law, or equity claims to contribution from Employer or its Subsidiaries or any other Person to
which Executive is entitled as a matter of law in respect of any claim made against Executive for an alleged act or
omission in Executive's official capacity and within the scope of Executive's duties as an officer, director or
employee of Employer or its Subsidiaries. Not later than eighteen (18) months following the termination of
Executive's employment, Employer and its Subsidiaries for which Executive has acted in the capacity of a senior
manager, shall sign and deliver to Executive a release of claims that Employer and its Subsidiaries have against
Executive; provided that, such release shall not release any claims that Employer and/or its Subsidiaries
commenced prior to the date of the release(s), any claims relating to matters actively concealed by Executive, any
claims to contribution from Executive to which Employer or its Subsidiaries are entitled as a matter of law or any
claims arising out of mistaken indemnification by Employer and/or any of its Subsidiaries. Except as otherwise
provided in this Section 1(c) or in Employer's employee benefit plans or as otherwise required by applicable law,
Executive shall not be entitled to any other salary, compensation or benefits after termination of Executive's
employment with Employer.

         (d)     Relocation Expense . Executive will be paid $125,000 in a lump sum as a moving allowance and in
lieu of any and all other moving expense reimbursement. In addition, Executive will be reimbursed for up to three
months of reasonable temporary or interim housing. The moving allowance shall be subject to 100% recoupment
by Employer in the event of a termination of employment by Executive, other than for Good Reason, during the
first twelve (12) months of employment.
2.     Confidential Information .

         (a)     Obligation to Maintain Confidentiality . Executive acknowledges that the information, observations
and data (including trade secrets) obtained by him during the course of his performance under this Agreement
concerning the business or affairs of Employer, its Subsidiaries and Affiliates (“ Confidential Information ”) are the
property of Employer, its Subsidiaries and Affiliates, as applicable, including information concerning acquisition
opportunities in or reasonably related to Employer's, its Subsidiaries' and/or Affiliates' business or industry of
which Executive becomes aware during the Employment Period. Therefore, Executive agrees that he will not
disclose to any unauthorized Person or use for his own account (for his commercial advantage or otherwise) any
Confidential Information without the Board's written consent, unless and to the extent that the Confidential
Information, (i) becomes generally known to and available for use by the public other than as a result of
Executive's acts or omissions to act, (ii) was known to Executive prior to Executive's employment with Employer
or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates or (iii) is required to be disclosed pursuant to any applicable law, court
order or other governmental decree. Executive shall deliver to Employer on the date of termination, or at any
other time Employer may request, all memoranda, notes, plans, records, reports, computer tapes, printouts and
software and other documents and data (and copies thereof) relating to the Confidential Information, Work
Product (as defined below) or the business of Employer, its Subsidiaries and Affiliates (including, without
limitation, all acquisition prospects, lists and contact information) which he may then possess or have under his
control.
  
         (b)     Ownership of Property . Executive acknowledges that all discoveries, concepts, ideas, inventions,
innovations, improvements, developments, methods, processes, programs, designs, analyses, drawings, reports,
patent applications, copyrightable work and mask work (whether or not including any Confidential Information)
and all registrations or applications related thereto, all other proprietary information and all similar or related
information (whether or not patentable) that relate to Employer's, its Subsidiaries' and/or Affiliates' actual or
anticipated business, research and development, or existing or future products or services and that are conceived,
developed, contributed to, made, or reduced to practice by Executive (either solely or jointly with others) while
employed by Employer, its Subsidiaries and/or Affiliates (including any of the foregoing that constitutes any
proprietary information or records) (“ Work Product ”) belong to Employer or such Subsidiary or Affiliate and
Executive hereby assigns, and agrees to assign, all of the above Work Product to Employer or to such Subsidiary
or Affiliate. Any copyrightable work prepared in whole or in part by Executive in the course of his work for any
of the foregoing entities shall be deemed a “work made for hire” under the copyright laws, and Employer or such
Subsidiary or Affiliate shall own all rights therein. To the extent that any such copyrightable work is not a “work
made for hire,” Executive hereby assigns and agrees to assign to Employer or such Subsidiary or Affiliate all right,
title, and interest, including without limitation, copyright in and to such copyrightable work. Executive shall
promptly disclose such Work Product and copyrightable work to the Board and perform all actions reasonably
requested by the Board (whether during or after the Employment Period) to establish and confirm
Employer's or such Subsidiary's or Affiliate's ownership (including, without limitation, assignments, consents,
powers of attorney, and other instruments).

         (c)     Third Party Information . Executive understands that Employer, its Subsidiaries and Affiliates will
receive from third parties confidential or proprietary information (“ Third Party Information ”), subject to a duty
on Employer's, its Subsidiaries' and Affiliates' part to maintain the confidentiality of such information and to use it
only for certain limited purposes. During the Employment Period and thereafter, and without in any way limiting
the provisions of Section 2(a) above, Executive will hold Third Party Information in the strictest confidence and
will not disclose to anyone (other than personnel and consultants of Employer, its Subsidiaries and Affiliates who
need to know such information in connection with their work for Employer or any of its Subsidiaries and
Affiliates) or use, except in connection with his work for Employer or any of its Subsidiaries and Affiliates, Third
Party Information unless expressly authorized by a member of the Board (other than himself if Executive is on the
Board) in writing.

         (d)     Use of Information of Prior Employers . During the Employment Period and thereafter, Executive
will not improperly use or disclose any confidential information or trade secrets, if any, of any former employers
or any other Person to whom Executive has an obligation of confidentiality, and will not bring onto the premises
of Employer or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates any unpublished documents or any property belonging to any
former employer or any other Person to whom Executive has an obligation of confidentiality unless consented to
in writing by the former employer or Person. Executive will use in the performance of his duties only information
which is (i) generally known and used by persons with training and experience comparable to Executive's and
which is (x) common knowledge in the industry or (y) otherwise legally in the public domain, (ii) otherwise
provided or developed by Employer or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates or (iii) in the case of materials,
property or information belonging to any former employer or other Person to whom Executive has an obligation
of confidentiality, approved for such use in writing by such former employer or Person.

3.     Non-competition and No Solicitation . Executive acknowledges that (i) the course of his employment with
Employer he will become familiar with Employer's, its Subsidiaries' and Affiliates' trade secrets and with other
confidential information concerning Employer, its Subsidiaries and Affiliates; and (ii) his services will be of special,
unique and extraordinary value to Employer and such Subsidiaries. Therefore, Executive agrees that:

         (a)     Non-competition . During the Employment Period and also during the period commencing on the
date of termination of the Employment Period and ending on the first anniversary of the date of termination (the “ 
Severance Period ”), he shall not without the express written consent of Employer, anywhere in the United
States, directly or indirectly, own, manage, control, participate in, consult with, render services for, or in any
manner engage in any business (i) which competes with (a) OTC wart or skin tag treatment products (including,
without limitation, salicylic acid or cryogen-based products), (b) dental devices for treatment or management of
bruxism, (c) OTC sore throat treatment products (including,
without limitation, liquids, lozenges and strips), (d) inter-proximal devices, (e) powdered and liquid cleansers, (f)
pediatric OTC medicinal and non-medicinal products, (g) OTC eye care products, (h) denture cleansers or
adhesives, or (i) any other business acquired by Employer and its Subsidiaries after the date hereof which
represents 5% or more of the consolidated revenues or EBITDA of Employer and its Subsidiaries for the trailing
12 months ending on the last day of the last completed calendar month immediately preceding the date of
termination of the Employment Period, or (ii) in which Employer and/or its Subsidiaries have conducted
discussions or have requested and received information relating to the acquisition of such business by such Person
(x) within one year prior to the date of termination and (y) during the Severance Period, if any. Nothing herein
shall prohibit Executive from being a passive owner of not more than 2% of the outstanding stock of any class of
a corporation that is publicly traded, so long as Executive has no active participation in the business of such
corporation.

        (b)     No solicitation . During the Employment Period and also during the Severance Period, Executive
shall not directly or indirectly through another entity (i) induce or attempt to induce any employee of Employer or
its Subsidiaries to leave the employ of Employer or its Subsidiaries, or in any way interfere with the relationship
between Employer or its Subsidiaries and any employee thereof, (ii) hire any person who was an employee of
Employer or its Subsidiaries within 180 days after such person ceased to be an employee of Employer or its
Subsidiaries; provided , however , that such restriction shall not apply for a particular employee if Employer or its
Subsidiaries have provided written consent to such hire, which consent, in the case of any person who was not a
key employee of Employer or its Subsidiaries shall not be unreasonably withheld, (iii) induce or attempt to induce
any customer, supplier, licensee or other business relation of Employer or its Subsidiaries to cease doing business
with Employer or its Subsidiaries or in any way interfere with the relationship between any such customer,
supplier, licensee or business relation and Employer or its Subsidiaries or (iv) directly or indirectly acquire or
attempt to acquire an interest in any business relating to the business of Employer or its Subsidiaries and with
which Employer or its Subsidiaries have conducted discussions or have requested and received information
relating to the acquisition of such business by Employer or its Subsidiaries in the two year period immediately
preceding the date of termination.

         (c)     Enforcement . If, at the time of enforcement of Section 2 or this Section 3 , a court holds that the
restrictions stated herein are unreasonable under circumstances then existing, the parties hereto agree that the
maximum duration, scope or geographical area reasonable under such circumstances shall be substituted for the
stated period, scope or area and that the court shall be allowed to revise the restrictions contained herein to
cover the maximum duration, scope and area permitted by law. Because Executive's services are unique and
because Executive has access to Confidential Information, the parties hereto agree that money damages would be
an inadequate remedy for any breach of this Agreement. Therefore, in the event of a breach or threatened breach
of this Agreement, Employer, its Subsidiaries or their successors or assigns may, in addition to other rights and
remedies existing in their favor, apply to any court of competent jurisdiction for specific performance and/or
injunctive or other relief in order to enforce, or prevent any violations of, the
provisions hereof (without posting a bond or other security).
           
         (d)     Additional Acknowledgments . Executive acknowledges that the provisions of this Section 3 are in
consideration of: (i) employment with Employer, (ii) the prospective issuance of securities by Employer pursuant
to the Plan and (iii) additional good and valuable consideration as set forth in this Agreement. In addition,
Executive agrees and acknowledges that the restrictions contained in Section 2 and this Section 3 do not
preclude Executive from earning a livelihood, nor do they unreasonably impose limitations on Executive's ability to
earn a living. In addition, Executive acknowledges (i) that the business of Employer and its Subsidiaries will be
conducted throughout the United States, (ii) notwithstanding the state of incorporation or principal office of
Employer or any of its Subsidiaries, or any of their respective executives or employees (including Executive), it is
expected that Employer and its Subsidiaries will have business activities and have valuable business relationships
within its industry throughout the United States and (iii) as part of his responsibilities, Executive will be traveling
throughout the United States in furtherance of Employer's and/or its Subsidiaries' business and their relationships.
Executive agrees and acknowledges that the potential harm to Employer and its Subsidiaries of the non-
enforcement of Section 2 and this Section 3 outweighs any potential harm to Executive of their enforcement by
injunction or otherwise. Executive acknowledges that he has carefully read this Agreement and has given careful
consideration to the restraints imposed upon Executive by this Agreement, and is in full accord as to their
necessity for the reasonable and proper protection of confidential and proprietary information of Employer and its
Subsidiaries now existing or to be developed in the future. Executive expressly acknowledges and agrees that
each and every restraint imposed by this Agreement is reasonable with respect to subject matter, time period and
geographical area.

4.     Miscellaneous .

      (a)     Survival . The provisions of Sections 1(c), 2, 3 and 4 shall survive the termination of this
Agreement.

         (b)     Entire Agreement and Merger . This Agreement sets forth the entire understanding of the parties
and merges and supersedes any prior or contemporaneous agreements, whether written or oral, between the
parties pertaining to the subject matter hereof.

        (c)     Modification . This Agreement may not be modified or terminated orally, and no modification or
waiver of any of the provisions hereof shall be binding unless in writing and signed by the party against whom the
same is sought to be enforced.

         (d)     Waiver . Failure of a party to enforce one or more of the provisions of this Agreement or to require
at any time performance of any of the obligations hereof shall not be construed to be a waiver of such provisions
by such party nor to in any way affect the validity of this Agreement or such party's right thereafter to enforce any
provision of this Agreement, nor to preclude such party from taking any other action at any time which it
would legally be entitled to take.

        (e)     Successors and Assigns . Neither party shall have the right to assign this Agreement, or any rights
or obligations hereunder, without the consent of the other party; provided , however , that upon the sale of all or
substantially all of the assets, business and goodwill of Employer to another company, or upon the merger or
consolidation of Employer with another company, this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of, and be binding
upon, both Executive and the company purchasing such assets, business and goodwill, or surviving such merger
or consolidation, as the case may be, in the same manner and to the same extent as though such other company
were Employer; and provided, further, that Employer shall have the right to assign this Agreement to any Affiliate
or Subsidiary of Employer. Subject to the foregoing, this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of, and be binding
upon, the parties hereto and their legal representatives, heirs, successors and permitted assigns.
  
        (f)     Communications . All notices or other communications required or permitted hereunder will be in
writing and will be deemed given or delivered when delivered personally, by registered or certified mail or by
overnight courier (fare prepaid) addressed as follows:

                 (i)    To Employer: Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. 
                           90 North Broadway
                           Irvington, New York 10533
                           Attention Chief Executive Officer

                 (ii)    With a copy to: Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. 
                          90 North Broadway
                          Irvington, New York 10533
                          Attention: General Counsel

                 (iii)    To the Employee Samuel Cowley 
                           90 North Broadway
                           Irvington, New York 10533

or to such address as a party hereto may indicate by a notice delivered to the other party. Notice will be deemed
received the same day when delivered personally, five (5) days after mailing when sent by registered or certified
mail, and the next business day when delivered by overnight courier. Any party hereto may change its address to
which all communications and notices may be sent by addressing notices of such change in the manner provided.

        (g)     Severability . If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of
competent jurisdiction, such invalidity or unenforceability shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the other
provisions of this Agreement and the provision held to be invalid or unenforceable shall be enforced as nearly as
possible according to its original terms and intent to eliminate such invalidity or unenforceability.
          
        (h)     Governing Law . This Agreement will be governed by, construed and enforced
in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to its conflicts of law provisions.

        (i)     Arbitration .

                 (a)    Except as provided in subsection (b) of this Section 4(i) , the following provisions shall
apply to disputes between Employer and Executive arising out of or related to either: (i) this Agreement (including
any claim that any part of this Agreement is invalid, illegal or otherwise void or voidable), or (ii) the employment
relationship that exists between Employer and Executive:

                         (i)    The parties shall first use their reasonable best efforts to discuss and negotiate a 
resolution of the dispute.

                        (ii)    If efforts to negotiate a resolution do not succeed within 5 business days after a 
written request for negotiation has been made, the dispute shall be resolved timely and exclusively by final and
binding arbitration in New York County or Westchester County, New York pursuant to the American
Arbitration Association (“ AAA ”) National Rules for the Resolution of Employment Disputes (the “ AAA Rules
”). Arbitration must be demanded within ten (10) calendar days after the expiration of the five (5) day period
referred to above. The arbitration opinion and award shall be final and binding on Employer and Executive and
shall be enforceable by any court sitting within New York County or Westchester County, New York. Employer
and Executive shall share equally all costs of arbitration excepting their own attorney's fees unless and to the
extent ordered by the arbitrator(s) to pay the attorneys' fees of the prevailing party.

                          (iii)    The parties recognize that this Section 4(i) means that certain claims will be
reviewed and decided only before an impartial arbitrator or panel of arbitrators instead of before a court of law
and/or a jury, but desire the many benefits of the arbitration process over court proceedings, including speed of
resolution, lower costs and fees, and more flexible rules of evidence. The arbitration or arbitrators duly selected
pursuant to the AAA's Rules shall have the same power and authority to order any remedy for violation of a
statute, regulation, or ordinance as a court would have; and shall have the same power to order discovery as a
federal district court has under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

                 (b)    The provisions of this Section 4(i) shall not apply to any action by Employer seeking to
enforce its rights arising out of or related to the provisions of Sections 2 and 3 of this Agreement.

                (c)    This Section 4(i) is intended by Employer and Executive to be enforceable under the
Federal Arbitration Act (“ FAA ”). Should it be determined by any court that the FAA does not apply, then this
Section 4(i) shall be enforceable under the applicable arbitration statutes of the State of Delaware.

        (j)     No Third-Party Beneficiaries . Each of the provisions of this Agreement is
for the sole and exclusive benefit of the parties hereto and shall not be deemed for the benefit of any other person
or entity.

        (k)     Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code .

                 (i)     Specified Employee Delay . Notwithstanding any provisions of this Agreement to the
contrary, if Executive is considered a Specified Employee (as defined below) at termination of employment other
than on account of death or Disability, under such procedures as established by Employer in accordance with
Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “ Code ”), benefit distributions, other than
those that are deemed “separation pay” under the Treas. Reg. §1.409A-1(b)(9), that are made upon termination
of employment may not commence earlier than six (6) months after the date of termination. Therefore, in the
event this provision is applicable to Executive, any distribution which would otherwise be paid to Executive within
the first six months following termination shall be accumulated and paid to Executive in a lump sum on the first day
of the seventh month following termination. All subsequent distributions shall be paid in the manner specified. “ 
Specified Employee ”  means a key employee (as defined in Section 416(i) of the Code without regard to
paragraph 5 thereof) of Employer if any stock of Employer is publicly traded on an established securities market
or otherwise.

               (ii)     Separation from Service . With respect to the payment of all benefits under the Agreement,
including separation pay and deferred compensation, whether a “termination of employment”  takes place is
determined based on the facts and circumstances surrounding the termination of Executive's employment and
whether Employer and Executive intended for Executive to provide significant services for Employer following
such termination. A change in Executive's employment status will not be considered a termination of employment
if:

                          (A)    Executive continues to provide services as an employee of Employer at an annual 
rate that is twenty percent (20%) or more of the services rendered, on average, during the immediately preceding
three full calendar years of employment (or, if employed less than three years, such lesser period) and the annual
remuneration for such services is twenty percent (20%) or more of the average annual remuneration earned
during the final three full calendar years of employment (or, if less, such lesser period), or

                        (B)    Executive continues to provide services to Employer in a capacity other than as an 
employee of Employer at an annual rate that is fifty percent (50%) or more of the services rendered, on average,
during the immediately preceding three full calendar years of employment (or if employed less than three years,
such lesser period) and the annual remuneration for such services is fifty percent (50%) or more of the average
annual remuneration earned during the final three full calendar years of employment (or if less, such lesser period).

                 For purposes of applying the provisions of Section 409A of the Code, a reference to Employer
shall also be deemed a reference to any affiliate thereof within the
contemplation of Sections 414(b) and 414(c) of the Code. For purposes of this Agreement, the definition of
“termination of employment” shall apply to all uses of such term, whether capitalized or not.

               (iii)     Installment Payments . Each payment of termination benefits under Section 1(c) of this
Agreement, including, without limitation, each installment payment and each payment or reimbursement of
premiums for continued coverage under Welfare Plans, shall be considered a separate payment, as described in
Treas. Reg. Section 1.409A-2(b)(2), for purposes of Section 409A of the Code.

                 (iv)     Timing of Release of Claims . Whenever in this Agreement a payment or benefit is
conditioned on Executive’s execution of a release of claims, such release must be executed and all revocation
periods shall have expired within 60 days after the date of Executive’s employment termination; failing which such
payment or benefit shall be forfeited. If such payment or benefit constitutes non-exempt deferred compensation,
and if such 60-day period begins in one calendar year and ends in the next calendar year, the payment or benefit
shall not be made or commence before the second such calendar year, even if the release becomes irrevocable in
the first such calendar year. In other words, Executive is not permitted to influence the calendar year of payment
based on the timing of his signing of the release.

                (v)     Timing of Reimbursements and In-kind Benefits . If Executive is entitled to be paid or
reimbursed for any taxable expenses under this Agreement, the amount of such expenses reimbursable in any one
calendar year shall not affect the amount reimbursable in any other calendar year, and the reimbursement of an
eligible expense must be made no later than December 31 of the year after the year in which the expense was
incurred. No right of Executive to reimbursement of expenses under Section 1(c) shall be subject to liquidation or
exchange for another benefit.

                 (vi)     Permitted Acceleration . Employer shall have the sole authority to make any accelerated
distribution permissible under Treas. Reg. Section 1.409A-3(j)(4) to Executive of deferred amounts, provided
that such distribution meets the requirements of Treas. Reg. Section 1.409A-3(j)(4).

       (l)     Counterparts . This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall
be deemed an original but all of which together will constitute one and the same instrument.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement on the date first written above.

                                            PRESTIGE BRANDS HOLDINGS, INC.
                                              
                                            By: /s/ Matthew M. Mannelly
                                            Name: Matthew M. Mannelly
                                            Title: Chief Executive Officer
                                               
                                            By: /s/ Samuel Cowley
                                            Name: Samuel Cowley

  
                                                   DEFINITIONS
  
         “ Affiliate ” means, with respect to any Person, any other Person who directly or indirectly, through one
or more intermediaries, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, such Person. The term
“control”  means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the
management and policies of a Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract or
otherwise, and the terms “controlled” and “controlling” have meanings correlative thereto.
           
         “ Cause ” is defined as (i) your willful and continued failure to substantially perform your duties with
Employer (other than any such failure resulting from your incapacity due to physical or mental illness) that has not
been cured within 10 days after a written demand for substantial performance is delivered to you by the Board,
which demand specifically identifies the manner in which the Board believes that you have not substantially
performed your duties, (ii) the willful engaging by you in conduct which is demonstrably and materially injurious to
Employer or its Affiliates, monetarily or otherwise, (iii) your conviction (or plea of nolo contendere) for any felony
or any other crime involving dishonesty, fraud or moral turpitude, (iv) your breach of fiduciary duty to Employer
or its Affiliates, (v) any violation of Employer's policies relating to compliance with applicable laws which have a
material adverse effect on Employer or its Affiliates or (vi) your breach of any restrictive covenant. For purposes
of clauses (i) and (ii) of this definition, no act, or failure to act, on your part shall be deemed "willful" unless done,
or omitted to be done, by you not in good faith and without reasonable belief that your act, or failure to act, was
in the best interest of Employer.
           
         “ Disability ” means Executive: (i) is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any
medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or can be
expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve (12) months; or (ii) is, by reason of any medically
determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or can be expected to last
for a continuous period of not less than twelve (12) months, receiving income replacement benefits for a period of
not less than three (3) months under an accident and health plan covering employees or directors of Employer.
Medical determination of Disability may be made by either the Social Security Administration or by the provider
of an accident or health plan covering employees or directors of Employer provided that the definition of
“disability”  applied under such disability insurance program complies with the requirements of the preceding
sentence. Upon the request of the plan administrator, Executive must submit proof to the plan administrator of the
Social Security Administration's or the provider's determination. For purposes of this Agreement the definition of
“Disability” shall apply to all uses of such term, whether capitalized or not.
           
         “ Good Reason ” means that Executive terminated his employment with Employer because, within the
twelve (12) month period preceding Executive's termination, one or more of the following conditions arose and
Executive notified Employer of such condition within 90 days of its occurrence and Employer did not remedy
such condition within 30
days:
  
        (i)    a material diminution in Executive's base salary as in effect on the date hereof or as the same may be 
        increased from time to time;
          
        (ii)    a material diminution in Executive's authority, duties, or responsibilities; 
          
        (iii)    the relocation of Employer's headquarters outside a thirty-mile radius of Irvington, New York or
        Employer's requiring Executive to be based at any place other than a location within a thirty-mile radius of
        Irvington, New York, except for reasonably required travel on Employer's business; or
          
        (iv)    any other action or inaction that constitutes a material breach by Employer of this Agreement. 
  
        “  Person ”  means any person or entity, whether an individual, trustee, corporation, limited liability
company, partnership, trust, unincorporated organization, business association, firm, joint venture, governmental
authority or similar entity.

        “ Subsidiary ” of any specified Person shall mean any corporation fifty percent (50%) or more of the
outstanding capital stock of which, or any partnership, joint venture, limited liability company or other entity fifty
percent (50%) or more of the ownership interests of which, is directly or indirectly owned or controlled by such
specified Person, or any such corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited liability company, or other entity
which may otherwise be controlled, directly or indirectly, by such Person.
  

								
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